Our Future Our Vote
As part of the nation’s founding, Black Americans were, and in many ways continue to be, intentionally excluded from meaningful, transformative civic participation. As a result, many lack basic information about:
- how the American political and civics systems works; and
- how these systems are directly connected to their overall quality of life.
Worse, some avoid civic or political engagement due to a belief that the system does not exist for their benefit; they operate under the mistaken belief that political and civic engagement will neither impact nor improve their daily lives. This lack of civic information and alienation from political processes contribute significantly to racially inequitable outcomes across a range of issues.
CLSJ’s Solution: Our Future, Our Vote Campaign
When organizers are able to show how civic processes are connected to real issues that affect their lives, New Yorkers of African descent are much more likely to increase their civic and political engagement. The same is true when civic information is presented in a way that values and centers their lived experiences.
CLSJ’s Our Future, Our Vote campaign educates youth from communities of African descent, with a primary focus on ages 17 – 35, about specific civic processes and trains them to organize and encourage their communities to participate.
By training young people to use their activism, voices and votes to achieve their civic and community building goals, this grassroots initiative builds electoral power and energizes democracy. Your support for this program would be deeply appreciated.Read More Support Our Future, Our Vote Campaign
This community fundraising effort is a commitment to generosity that goes beyond a one-time act. The Urban View Gives campaign was born on the Lurie Daniel Favors Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View Network. After listening to Lurie speak with representatives from the HBCU Scholarship Ride, a listener called in to suggest that every month, the entire Urban View audience should collectively donate to the same good cause. That suggestion was formalized into the Urban View Gives campaign.
This campaign is a continuous journey that seeks to have real impact—A “Giving Initiative” committed to making a lasting difference. Join us in thanking those who support our community. Contribute to a collective force for good. Each month, we invite you to support the ‘Organization of the Month.’ Today, from February 1 – February 29, 2024, that organization is the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College.
Since 1986, the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (CLSJ) has been a bulwark for justice in New York City’s Black communities. CLSJ has championed issues such as police reform, educational equity, child welfare, housing, economic inequality, employment discrimination, and immigration.
Today, the struggle continues, but its nature evolves, and CLSJ has focused its mission to address current racial justice issues and empower Black New Yorkers to fight for their lives and futures.
We need your help to keep fighting. Every donation helps us to protect and build political power for our communities.Donate Now